Employers May Apply for the Voluntary Shared Work Program

By: Ann Holden Kendell | 03.26.2020

  Employers may apply for the Voluntary Shared Work Program which permits employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with unemployment insurance benefits. Employees who remain employed, even part time, under this program, would not be required to exhaust Read…

Determining Whether Your Business Qualifies as Essential

By: Brennan Block |

  More and more state and local governments are issuing “stay at home” orders that require all non-essential businesses to cease operations and send employees home. We’ve received many client questions regarding the ramifications of these orders, the definition of an “essential business,” and the registration requirements for essential businesses. Currently, Iowa does not have Read…

Webinar: COVID-19 & Unemployment Law changes in Iowa

By: Danielle Smid | 03.25.2020

  Click HERE to view webinar BrownWinick attorney Dani Smid explains the changes to unemployment law in Iowa due to the impact of COVID-19. Dani Joins Daniel Beenken from Advance Iowa & the UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation.    Read…

Homeland Security’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: E-Verify and Form I-9 Temporary Policies

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented several changes to the Form I-9 and E-Verify programs to alleviate concerns and burdens for employers. Form I-9 Policies As employers are likely aware, Form I-9, which provides verification of work authorization for employees, possesses the requirement that the employer be Read…

DOL Updates Effective Date and Issues Model Notice Posters

By: Megan Erickson Moritz |

As noted in our last post, the Department of Labor announced the effective date of the new federal leave laws is April 1, and not April 2. In related news, today, the Department of Labor has issued its model notice posters for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Leave under the FFCRA.   The Read…

COVID-19 Immigration Q&A for Employers

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  What impact does “work-from-home” and “social distancing” have on my foreign labor force? Many non-immigrant visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, O, P, R, etc.) are tied to particular work-sites and activities performed at specific locations. Employers that are asking their employees to work from home may need to file new Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) or Read…

DOL Provides Additional Information About the New Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

By: Megan Erickson Moritz | 03.24.2020

  For anyone else trying to navigate the flurry of developments in the world of employment law, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“Department” or “DOL”) has provided some additional information about the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As we outlined previously (see our Families First blog post), the FFCRA grants Read…

Webinar: COVID-19 and the Impact on Iowa Business: Guidance for Employers

By: Drew Larson |

  Join BrownWinick attorneys and the President of Iowa Association of Business and Industry as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Iowa businesses.  Resources: ABI COVID-19 Resource Page BrownWinick COVID-19 Resource Page Panelists: Drew Larson – Attorney, BrownWinick Law Firm Danielle Smid – Attorney, BrownWinick Law Firm Mike Ralston – President, Iowa Association of Read…

Employer Payroll Tax Credits for COVID-19

By: Christopher Nuss | 03.23.2020

  Updated 4/1/2020 On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” into law. The law, which will go into effect on a date chosen by the Treasury Secretary (no later than April 2, 2020), creates two new federally-required employee benefits. BrownWinick has previously written about the new law in detail. Read…

“Families First Coronavirus Response Act” Becomes Law

By: Ann Holden Kendell | 03.19.2020

  Yesterday afternoon (March 18 at 3:32 p.m.), the Senate passed H.R. 6201 the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” with a vote count of 90 to 8. The President signed the bill into law last night and the law will go into effect 15 days from signing. In summary, the law provides paid emergency leave Read…